After completing his doctoral degree in immunogenetics at the University of Bonn, Germany, Golo Ahlenstiel received research fellowship awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH, USA) and from the German Research Foundation (DFG, Germany) to work in the Rehermann laboratory at the NIH on the immunopathogenesis of viral hepatitis, in particular the role of innate immunity in HCV infection. He now heads the Immunology Group at Storr Liver Centre at the Westmead Institute for Medical Research with a focus on innate immunity in the liver and drivers of inflammation in the chronic liver and gastrointestinal disease. Golo Ahlenstiel is currently also a Staff Specialist in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Westmead Hospital.
Mark is a clinical endocrinologist at Westmead and Blacktown-Mt Druitt Hospitals, and now as the Head of
Department of Medicine at Blacktown-Mt Druitt Hospital. He has been involved in clinical teaching for more
than 20 years, was Director of Physician Training at Westmead Hospital 2005-2009, and is a member of the
National Examining Panel for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.
Mark is extensively involved in clinical and basic science research and his main research interest is the effect of
events in pregnancy on the metabolic health of the mother and baby, with a particular emphasis on Gestational
Diabetes. Additional research is being done on the “metabolic stress” that occurs during hormonal
manipulation for cancer treatment, or under treatment with some psychiatric medications, and exploration of
new mechanisms which might be responsible for causing type 2 diabetes. Mark also works with a team of
clinicians and researchers at Blacktown who are trying to optimize the health system for management and
prevention of diabetes in Western Sydney. He also has a significant clinical interest in pituitary disorders and
heads the Pituitary Clinic at Westmead Hospital.
Mark is a Past-President of the Endocrine Society of Australia. In 2009 he was appointed UWS Foundation
Professor of Medicine at Blacktown / Mt Druitt Clinical School and has been a significant contributor to the
growth of the new Medical School, and development of Blacktown-Mt Druitt Hospital as a teaching hospital and research center. He has been awarded 1 current, and 2 past, NH& MRC Project Grants. He has supervised
5 completed PhDs, and 3 current Ph.D. students.
Dominic Leung is a senior staff specialist and Director of Echocardiography Department of Cardiology at
Liverpool Hospital. Dominic is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, the Royal College of
Physicians (Edinburgh), the American College of Cardiology, European Society of Cardiology, the Hong Kong
College of Physicians, and the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand.
Dominic is an internationally acknowledged expert in echocardiography and cardiac imaging and has published
more than 120 papers in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, editorials, reviews and invited articles in major
national and international journals. The international recognition of his work is reflected in more than 2800
citations of his papers (h index of 28) and frequent invitations to speak at major national and international
meetings of the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, European Society of Cardiology,
World Congress of Cardiology and the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand.
Dominic’s research interests include thromboembolism in atrial fibrillation, valvular heart disease, heart failure,
exercise physiology, exercise echocardiography, diabetic heart disease, microvascular dysfunction, coronary
artery disease, acute coronary syndrome and interventional cardiology. In addition to his busy clinical service as
a staff cardiologist and research, he is actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education
and supervises a number of Masters and PhD students.
Dominic has also been able to attract research funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council,
National Heart Foundation and other funding bodies.
Dominic was nominated for the Australian Of The Year Award 2014.
Kamal Sud is the departmental head of Renal Medicine at Nepean hospital. He is also the co-director of
peritoneal dialysis (western renal services) and regional dialysis center (Blacktown Hospital) and member of
ANZDATA peritoneal dialysis working group.
Matt Doogue is a consultant physician for Canterbury District Health Board with particular responsibilities in medicines governance and “eMedicines”.
His research interests include adverse drug reactions, therapeutic drug monitoring, drug interactions, pharmacogenetics, and pharmacokinetics.
Stephen Hedger is a General Physician and Rheumatologist. Along with his position as the Director of Acute Medical Unit at Flinders Medical Centre, he is also the coordinator of the Year 4 MD Program at Flinders University.
Richard Lindley is Professor of Geriatric Medicine at Sydney Medical School (Westmead Hospital Clinical
School), University of Sydney. His career has focused on finding reliable new evidence to improve treatments
for older people, particularly stroke.
He continues in hospital clinical practice (acute geriatric medicine, rehabilitation and stroke at Blacktown
Hospital, Sydney) and runs a large portfolio of clinical trials and projects within different groups at The George
He is an Associate Editor for the Australasian Journal on Ageing and an Honorary Overseas Member of the
British Association of Neurologists. He has published widely on clinical aspects of stroke, vascular disease,
vaccination, infectious disease and geriatric medicine.
Nicky Gilroy is a past member of the national Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisations (ATAGI) and former Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Safety of Vaccines, an advisory group for the Therapeutic Goods Administration. She served as an Infectious Diseases consultant to the Blood & Marrow Transplant Network NSW for over a decade.
Her professional interests include Hospital Infection control and prevention, clinical epidemiology, control of vaccine-preventable diseases and management of complex infections in those with impaired immunity.
Dr. Tan is a Consultant Cardiologist at Westmead Hospital and Blacktown Hospital, and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Sydney and Conjoint Associate Professor at the Blacktown Clinical School, University of Western Sydney and School of Medical Sciences at the University of New South Wales. Dr Tan graduated from Sydney University and completed a PhD in Cell Signalling at the Children’s Medical Research Institute, University of Sydney. He underwent basic physician and cardiology training in Westmead Hospital and went on to complete sub-speciality training in Cardiac Imaging at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA, where he worked with some of the top imaging experts. His special interest is in cardiac imaging with a niche interest in using novel techniques in various imaging modalities to gain mechanistic insights into cardiac pathology and to track progression of cardiac disease. Dr Tan is also passionate about research and has contributed to a number of publications including refereed journal articles, book chapters and has presented at many national and international conferences. Dr Tan also has a keen interest in education.
Lukas Kairaitis is the head of Renal Medicine at Blacktown Hospital where he practices as a clinical and
academic renal physician. He has a strong interest in clinical education and is both the sub-dean of the
Blacktown-Mount Druitt Clinical School of the school of Medicine, University of Western Sydney and the
local director of Physician Education. His main clinical interests are in chronic kidney disease, dialysis and
hypertension. He has numerous publications in the area of clinical and experimental kidney disease.